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Les Dennis

 
Bio:
Les Dennis is one of the UK’s best-known entertainers with a career in showbusiness that spans 50 years. Born in Liverpool, he came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his craft on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. He ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Les Dennis is one of the UK’s best-known entertainers with a career in showbusiness that spans 50 years. Born in Liverpool, he came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his craft on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. He ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Revival, 2021
Wilbur Turnblad [Replacement]
  [West End]
West End Revival, 2016
Performer

Les Dennis Biography

Les Dennis is one of the UK’s best-known entertainers with a career in showbusiness that spans 50 years.

Born in Liverpool, he came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his craft on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. He became a stalwart of Saturday Night TV in the 80s and 90s, starring in TV comedies including The Russ Abbot Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show performing sketches and impressions, and most famously as the host of Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2002 on ITV.

In recent years Les has enjoyed a busy career as an actor, starring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in numerous hit plays and musicals in the West End and on tour; as well as a playing a regular role for 2 years on Coronation Street.

Despite the pandemic; Les has kept busy, filming a travel series for Channel 5, a guest lead in the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On and a starring role in the Christmas Special of Birds of a Feather. He is excited to be able to return to the stage in 2021.

Theatre includes: Venice Preserved (RSC); The Provoked Wife (RSC); End of the Pier (Park Theatre); The Miracle of Great Homer Street (Liverpool Royal Court); The Addams Family (Music and Lyrics); She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory); Down The Dock Road (Royal Court; Liverpool); The Perfect Murder (TPM Productions); Spamalot (ATG); Hairspray (UK Tour); Jigsy (Liverpool Royal Court -best actor LPD Arts); When We Are Married (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Eurobeat (No 1 Tour/West End); Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival); The Servant Of Two Masters (Wales Theatre Company); Marlo Brando’s Corset (Edinburgh Festival); Neville’s Island (Birmingham Rep); South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); Art (UK Tour); Cherished Disappointments In Love (Soho Theatre); Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Just Between Ourselves (Theatre Royal Bath); Skylight (Newbury Watermill Theatre) and Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre).

Television includes: Moving On; Birds of a Feather; Coronation Street; Holby City; Hotel Babylon; New Street Law; The Bill; Extras; The Quest 2; Casualty; Mersey Beat; Doctors; Brookside; Les Dennis’s Liverpool and Les Dennis and Dustin Gee’s Laughter Show.

Film includes: Sideshow; Wounded (Winner Best Feature Marbella Film Festival) and Intimate Relations.





Les Dennis News

Paul Whitehouse Will Return to ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES Next Year Photo Paul Whitehouse Will Return to ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES Next Year
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2022

Paul Whitehouse will return to the cast of the smash hit West End show Only Fools and Horses The Musical next year, starring once again as the lovable Grandad from 9 January. The critically acclaimed musical is also extending its run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a further three months until 29 April.

Octagon Theatre Bolton Unveil Their Spring/Summer 2023 Season Photo Octagon Theatre Bolton Unveil Their Spring/Summer 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Nov 25, 2022

The Octagon Theatre have announced a jam-packed new programme set to entertain audiences next year. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Save up to 40% on ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL Photo Save up to 40% on ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Nov 9, 2022

Book by 10 November. Save up to 40% on Only Fools And Horses the Musical- tickets from just ÂŁ20

George Rainsford, Giovanna Fletcher & Clive Mantle to Star in WISH YOU WERE DEAD UK T Photo George Rainsford, Giovanna Fletcher & Clive Mantle to Star in WISH YOU WERE DEAD UK Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 28, 2022

The UK tour of Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead: George Rainsford, will star as James’ famous detective DSI Roy Grace, alongside Giovanna Fletcher who will star as Cleo Morey and Clive Mantle, who will star as Curtis. Leon Stewart will return to the role of DS Glenn Branson.

Cast Announced For UK Tour of WISH YOU WERE DEAD Photo Cast Announced For UK Tour of WISH YOU WERE DEAD
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

Producer Josh Andrews has announced the lead cast for the UK tour of Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead: George Rainsford, will star as James’ famous detective DSI Roy Grace, alongside Giovanna Fletcher who will star as Cleo Morey and Clive Mantle, who will star as Curtis. Leon Stewart will return to the role of DS Glenn Branson.

Review: TREASON â€" THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Review: TREASON â€" THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Debbie Gilpin - Aug 24, 2022

The story of the Gunpowder Plot still resonates 400 years on, whether you’re a Catholic trying to navigate certain aspects of life in the UK, or if you consider the ever-present religious intolerance of various kind.

Photos: TREASON THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT Premieres at Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Photos: TREASON THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT Premieres at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan, and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn.The musical had its live stage debut at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 22 August, and added an additional performance on 23 August due to popular demand. Check out photos here!

Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre  Photo Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre Royal Drury Lane Concert Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022

There is less than a week to go before the three-part concert series presented at Theatre Royal Drury Lane kicks off, starting with Chess the Musical in Concert on Monday 1 August.

Les Dennis Will Join The Cast of ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL as Grandad Photo Les Dennis Will Join The Cast of ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL as Grandad
by Stephi Wild - Jul 15, 2022

Mange tout! Mange tout! Celebrated comedian and actor Les Dennis is to join the cast of the smash hit West End show Only Fools and Horses The Musical from 3 October, starring as the loveable Grandad.

Additional Date Added For TREASON THE MUSICAL  In Concert At Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Additional Date Added For TREASON THE MUSICAL In Concert At Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2022

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan, and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn. Since announcing the live stage debut of the musical on 22 August at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, it sold out within 2 weeks of going on sale, a record for an original new musical!

Les Dennis Videos

BWW TV: Michael Ball Gives BroadwayWorld a Shoutout at SPAMALOT Press Night
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 22, 2013

Below, Ball gives BroadwayWorld a special shoutout at the Spamalot press night!

EXCLUSIVE STAGE TUBE: Michael Ball At SPAMALOT!
by Stage Tube - Oct 22, 2013

Michael Ball talks exclusively to BWW:UK about Spamalot - and his West End return...

STAGE TUBE: Johnny Depp Makes Cameo Appearance in LIFE'S TOO SHORT
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 26, 2011

Actor Johnny Depp will have a cameo appearance in the Ricky Gervais's upcoming mockumentary series LIFE'S TOO SHORT. The mockumentary will focus on the life and career of dwarf actor Warwick Davis and will air on BBC Two and HBO.


Les Dennis Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Les Dennis been in?
Les Dennis has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Les Dennis been in?
Les Dennis has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Les Dennis's first West End show?
Les Dennis's first West End show was She Loves Me which opened in 2016